New Trends in Marine Robotics: Virtual Experiments and Remote Access
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 March 2024 | Viewed by 7061
Interests: marine robotics; underwater robotics; robotics competitions; educational robotics; unmanned marine vehicles
Interests: marine robotics; ocean engineering; localization; fault management; knowledge representation; long-term autonomy
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Marine robotics is an inherently complex field due to the harsh environment, difficult logistics, and cost complexities when compared to other robotics fields. Sharing infrastructure among different players for increased efficiency has become more popular in recent years. With the COVID-19 pandemic, this trend has been accelerated and translated into a heightened number of remote trials and virtual experiments because of a lack of possibilities for joint field experiments involving several partners. Furthermore, remote access to services and infrastructure has become a major enabler for fast prototyping, almost-instant interventions, and dramatic cost reduction for operation at sea.
The use of marine robotic technologies is changing at a fast pace. The world-wide pandemic situation of the last two years has increased research and development toward remote accessibility of such technologies used to overcome restrictions on close human interaction and travel restrictions. A kick-off step to promote the research in this field was provided by the invited session “Remote access, development and exploitation - A new era of advancements” proposed at the IFAC CAMS 2021 conference. This Special Issue aims to improve the participation of scientist and researchers in this field and is not limited only to papers originating from that session but hopes to receive a wide variety of works.
The goal of this Special Issue is to gather the best examples of these new trends and to systematically collect the best practices and experiences from around the world using remote and virtual trials. This includes describing remote trials, virtual experiments, and hybrid experiments with an in situ component and a remote access component. It also intends to highlight the latest results focused on the remote integration and use of marine robotic technologies, which also allow the use of such technological platforms by non-expert users. We wish to highlight how the marine robotics field has managed to adapt and execute trials within the pandemic restrictions’ context, which can serve as an example not only for marine robotics but also for other fields.
Dr. Fausto Ferreira
Prof. Dr. Francesco Maurelli
Dr. Marco Bibuli
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- marine robotics
- remote access
- virtual trials
- remote trials
- COVID-19 pandemic
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Remote Access to the Abysses of the Seas: the Blue-RoSES Project
Authors: Antonio Pascoal
Abstract: Robotic platforms are extremely useful tools for underwater exploration and data gathering. In the last 30 years there has been a radical change in their production and exploitation; nowadays, they can be considered as common commercial technological devices. However, their employment in scientific and commercial missions at sea demands the physical presence of human operators required for supervision, logistic and operational issues. The accessibility through the internet, thanks to always-connected devices (IoT - Internet of Things) and the dramatic need for remotely performed activities at sea caused by the Covid19 pandemic situation that occurred in recent years have pushed the development of reliable and robust infrastructures for a safe and effective exploitation of robots at sea. The paper aims at presenting the features of the EU-EMFF Blue-RoSES Project, in which a reliable software and communication infrastructure has been designed and developed with the aim of allowing remote (also non-expert) users to exploit robotic platforms for data-gathering in harbour contexts as well as leisurely exploration of the environment."
Title: A user interface design framework for augmented reality supported maritime navigation
Authors: Kjetil Nordby; * Jon Fauske; Etienne Gernez; Steven Mallam
Affiliation: The Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Abstract: Augmented reality (AR) technology has emerged as a promising solution that potentially can reduce head-down time and increase situational awareness during navigation operations. It is also useful for remote operation centers where video feeds from remote ships can be “augmented” with data and information. In this article, we introduce a user interface design concept that supports ship navigation by showing data about points of interest in AR. This approach enables users to view and interact with relevant data in the maritime environment, thereby enhancing their situational awareness and decision-making capabilities by bridging the gap between digital information and real-world features. The proposed concept can provide operational data from various maritime systems, such as radar, GPS, AIS, or camera systems, empowering users with a wealth of information about their surroundings. Developed through an iterative user-centered design process and built as an extension to the OpenBridge design system, an open-source platform facilitating consistent design in maritime workplaces, the proposed concept offers significant benefits to the maritime industry. Furthermore, we use this concept to propose a design framework that paves the way for establishing new standards for AR user interface design in the maritime domain.